During the 1950's and 60's,the Japanese film company Nikkatsu,specialised in crime films."Massacre Gun"is an excellent example of this genre.Beautifully shot in widescreen black and white,with a jazzy soundtrack.Its a film about the clash between yakuza and family honour.At times the film plays like a chess game,but then bursts into violence. Done with some style,with a good cast and direction.Its a film not to miss!
The intimacy of the relationships - between blood brothers and brothers of blood - gives Massacre Gun a bit more interest and edge than its contemporaries. The jazzy setting is just stylish enough to sometimes feel avant-garde in its approach.